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Bavarians commonly emphasize pride in their traditions. Traditional costumes are worn on special occasions, century-old folk music is practised and dialect songs and poems are taught in nursery schools. The May Poles, and the bagpipes in the Upper Palatinate region bear witness to the ancient Celtic and Germanic remnants of cultural heritage of the region.

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» Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena, Munich

Home to the city's two leading football teams, FC Bayern and TSV 1860, Munich's Allianz Arena is one of Germany's largest and most iconic sports stadiums. The award winning building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, was created as a vision of the future and its unique appearance has been likened to a giant inflatable boat or a huge white car tire. Most spectacular is its extraordinary façade, crafted from illuminated air cushions that change color …

» Amalienburg

Amalienburg, Munich

Amalienburg is Emperor Charles VII's most precious legacy and the beautiful park gardens and fountains have become one of Munich's most scenic locations. A former hunting lodge on the grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace Park, the Amalienburg palace is considered one of the finest examples of European Rococo style. The ornate decorations of every room reflect a French-inspired refinement, especially the breathtaking Large Salon, or Hall of Mirrors …

» Andechs Monastery

Andechs Monastery , Munich

Munich's beer gardens are world famous but few offer such idyllic surroundings as the Andechs brewery, housed in the historic Andechs Monastery, 40km southwest of the city. Dating back to 1392, the Benedictine Abbey is perched atop the Holy Mountain of Heiliger Berg and overlooks the glittering Lake Ammersee. The Abbey's beautifully preserved cloister is its oldest feature, but the architectural highlight is its striking Baroque church, remodeled in 1712 …

» Augsburg

Augsburg, Munich

Venerable Augsburg was settled in 15BC; along with remnants of the ancient city wall, you can see numerous antiquities in the Römisches Museum. But even more than its status as one of the few Roman settlements in Germany, Augsburg's glory comes from its days as a center of trade and finance which determined its current appearance. From the Gothic Catholic cathedral via the enormous Renaissance Rathaus to the Rococo palaces of the city's more prosperous …

» Bavarian Alps

Bavarian Alps, Munich

With soaring mountain peaks, vast lakes and forested slopes punctuated by enchanting castles and traditional alpine villages, the Bavarian Alps offer some of Germany's most spectacular scenery. Stretching along the Austrian border, the Alps dominate the landscape of Southern Germany and a trip into the mountains is simply inevitable for anyone exploring Bavaria. Highlights of the Bavarian Alps include Füssen, a lively town at the start of the famous Romantic Road tourist trail …

» Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest

Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest , Munich

Journey through the fairytale scenery of the Bavarian Alps and explore Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat and Eagle's Nest, the southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Located on top of Mt Kehlstein, the lodge has some of Germany's most amazing views of the snow-capped Alps mountain range. See the hunting castle Hellbrunn, and the Konigsee River Valley along the way to Obersalzberg where a brass elevator ascends to Eagle's Nest …

» BMW Museum

BMW Museum, Munich

Housed in a futuristic mirrored building as fashion-forward as its cars, automobile pioneers BMW take the spotlight at Munich's BMW Museum, located at the company headquarters near Olympic Park. Whether you're an auto enthusiast or just looking to get your photo taken beside a slick sports car, you can't fail to be impressed by the museum's vast display of cars and motorcycles. Everything from vintage Rolls-Royce Motors and classic MINIs …

» Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche)

Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche), Munich

Which landmark particularly stands out in Munich's skyline? That would be the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady or Frauenkirche, the church featuring two onion-shaped domes on top of twin towers that reach 99 meters (325 feet). But it's not just the church's architecture that makes it stand out, by law no other tower can be taller or obstruct the view of this symbolic Bavarian building. Near the entrance of the catherdal is the famous "devil's footprint" …

» Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich

Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of its kind opened in Germany by the Nazi government in 1933, and it served as a model for later concentration camps. Designed to hold Jews, political prisoners, and other "undesirables," the camp is now a memorial to the more than 40,000 people who died and over 200,000 who were imprisoned here during the Nazi regime. The memorial was established in 1965, 20 years after Dachau was liberated by American forces …

» Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum, Munich

Munich's gigantic Deutsches Museum is the kind of museum that begs for multiple visits and as one of the world's largest science and technology museums, you could easily spend an entire weekend taking in its vast permanent collection. Opening its doors in 1925, the museum sits on a specially constructed river island, reached by bridge from the mainland. Famous for its interactive exhibitions, inventive displays and impressive collection of artifacts …

» English Garden (Englischer Garten)

English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich

The Englischer Garten, German for "English Garden", is one of the world's largest urban parks - even larger than New York's Central Park. Named for the English style of landscape gardening, the park is popular with locals and visitors alike who come to lounge on the meadow grass, cycle the winding paths, or even surf the man-made waterfall created by a bridge over the Eisbach stream on Prinzregent Strasse …

» Füssen

Füssen, Bavaria

Dating back over 700 years, Füssen's historic Old Town is an attractive mix of historic architecture and winding medieval lanes, set at a height of 1,200 meters (3,940 feet) overlooking the River Lech. Visiting the town's gothic High Castle, along with the nearby Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles, is a favorite pastime of visitors, but there's more to Füssen than just castles. Take a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Wieskirche church; marvel at Germany's oldest fresco in the crypt of St Mang's Benedictine Monastery …

» Hard Rock Cafe Munich

Hard Rock Cafe Munich, Munich

Munich's Hard Rock Café was the second to open in Germany, and the 3,000-square-foot space has hosting late night parties and live concerts with enough seating for hundreds of guests, plus plenty of standing room, since 2002. The cafe mixes typical Bavarian elements with its modern decor and light installations. The Munich location has more than 150 exhibits on music history in its memorabilia collection, which features local artists, as well as international celebrities like Madonna and Freddie Mercury …

» Herrenchiemsee

Herrenchiemsee, Munich

Herreninsel is the larger of two inhabited islands in Chiemsee, a Bavarian lake near the Austrian border. While it features a monastery which dates back to the 8th century, the site of the post-war conference which drafted West Germany's constitution, the island's main attraction is undoubtedly Herrenchiemsee. This was one of the three palaces built by the profligate 19th century Bavarian king, Ludwig II. But unlike Linderhof or the world-famous Neuschwanstein …

» Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Germans' love of beer is unrivaled worldwide, and Munich is home to Bavaria's most celebrated beer hall: Hofbrauhaus. Formerly the royal brewery for the Kingdom, Hofbrauhaus is now owned by the state government and also has the second largest tent at Oktoberfest - "Hofbrau-Festzelt". Grab a stein of their finest brew and drink with friends in the restaurant, die Schwemme (beer hall), or Biergarten (beer garden) often accompanied by live music …

» Hofgarten

Hofgarten, Munich

The former court garden of the Residenz Palace, Munich's Hofgarten was originally laid out in 1613, characterized by its mulberry tree-lined walkways, ornamental fountains and fruit orchard. A large portion of the formal gardens were restored or redesigned post-WWII, but the central pavilion survived, a domed temple designed by Heinrich Schön the Elder in 1615 and topped with a bronze figure of Tellus Bavarica, the symbol of Bavaria …

» Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle , Munich

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Alpsee and Schwansee lakes and close by the Austrian border, the magnificent Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau) is a dramatic gothic fortress dating back to the 19th century. The sister castle to the world-renowned Neuschwanstein Castle (the famous blueprint for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle), Hohenschwangau is a popular stop on the German Castle Trail and is often visited on day trips from Munich or nearby Füssen. Hohenschwangau Castle was built in 1832 on the site of the 12th-century Schuangau fortress …

» Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle, Munich

Ludwig II had a habit of designing palaces after his idols. In the case of Linderhof Palace, the inspiration was the Sun-King Louis XIV and Versailles as he built up the "King's Cottage". Sun decor, hall of mirrors, and a smaller scale version of Versailles Ambassador's staircase are testament to the king's admirations. As far as royal palaces go, Linderhof Palace has a private atmosphere with only four rooms that actually served a purpose …



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